Wool House at Somerset House
In what is being billed as the biggest ever celebration of wool, The Campaign for Wool will be launching 'Wool House' at Somerset House in March. The event will showcase fashion and interiors alongside artisan craft techniques such as spinning, weaving and knitting.
The entrance will be styled like a grand country house and leading designers including Kit Kemp and Donna Wilson have been commissioned to design their own individual rooms. These will be featured alongside a huge wool installation by Dutch tapestry artist Claudy Jongstra and a 34 metre bespoke runner featuring pixilated woollen squares created by Spanish designer Cristian Zunzunaga in association with Brintons. Shauna Richardson's crochetdermy bear (previously exhibited at the V&A) will take pride of place at the entrance and the hallway will be lined with Warhol inspired sheep head images. There will also be three rooms dedicated to fashion.
Curator Arabella McNie says, “I am determined to show wool as a modern fibre and visitors will see a broad spectrum from ultra-modern and hi-tech to highly luxurious and more traditional. There are some amazing fabrics and flooring and Wool House will showcase some stunning room sets which will really show the difference that wool can make and inspire greater use of the fibre”.
Wool House is at Somerset House from 13-24 March 2013. Entry is free.